CanIHave4Beers (4283) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 26, 2014
From a bottle at the Breweryjtclockwork (17914) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Pours basically black with and espresso swirl head and some lacing on the glass.
The aroma is liquor barrel like... one sniff I get Bourbon the next is more Brandy, I’m guessing it’s Bourbon barrel aged, but that’s just a guess mydudes. It’s defiantly got some vanilla and a bunch of coffee character to it,
The flavor is sweet and fudge, it’s boozy and rich with a bunch of coffee character, a nice roastiness and some bourbon.
The palate is huge on this one.
One thing I will say is that of the three Sump varieties I tried this one had the least amount of coffee character to it.
Bottle at Perennial. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of bourbon, roast coffee, oak and chocolate cake. Full bodied. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2014
At RBSG GT: Pours a deep brown that is near opaque with a small fading head but oily legs. So after the greatness that was the Kyoto and the disappointment that is regular Sump what would this bring? Well the barrel is noticeable... oaky, boozy, tannic. The coffee seems old however and it is a bit cardboard toned. The flavor profile is much more rounded that basic Sump with more earthy notes and smoother coffee influence (but still nothing like the Kyoto). A bit of dark chocolate and dark fruit here and there. The mouth feel is like the others, thinned out by the java, ashy and dry. I would clearly put this in the middle of the 3 versions I had. Good but not great. jcnielsen (3416) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle at Perennial during RBSG bus tour. Pours a black color with white head. Coffee, chocolate, bourbon. A touch hot. deyholla (12803) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Sampled from the bottle at the brewery. Pours near black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has lots of barrel, roasted malts and sweet chocolate with dark grains backing. Flavor has chocolate and coffee with a decent amount of dark grain and a bit of barrel.
RobertDale (7123) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Sampled at brewery during SRBG 2014. Pour black with a small brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, malt, and some whiskey. Taste is similar. Not a coffee drinker, but I enjoyed this very much. Somewhat milder than the other version in my opinion. Excellent Imperial Stout. brokensail (16696) - Dublin, California, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle @ Perennial. Black pour with a small khaki head. Spicy coffee, lots of bourbon, and fudge on the nose. A nice bit of roasted malt, cocoa, and toffee. Slightly boozy flavor. But, really awesome coffee and bourbon. Plenty of vanilla, spicy coffee, and sweet chocolate fudge. Some charred oak and roasted malt as well. Solid beer. Ferris (17935) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2014
Bottle - Nice coffee and dark chocolate, with a small bourbon kick. Jet black with a rich brown head. Roast coffee bean and chocolate with all the usual bourbon notes. Nothing terribly overwhelms and although strong flavors well balanced. Great beer. Homer321 (5270) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Sampled along the RBSG Bus Tour 2014. Bottle at the brewery. Moderate coffee in the nose with some alcohol booziness. A well balanced beer between coffee and barrel without either being overpowering or clashing. Although I find the coffee to be less complex than certain other beers, it is still a pleasant addition to the beer. Frank (4267) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2014
The people are crazy for these barrel aged stouts and I am just getting sick of them. This is like the mad sweet giant IPA craze of the early 2000s only much, much more expensive. In any case, by and large, these perennial ones are about average for the style in my opinion and having no particular love for the style, that makes them about average beers in my book. This one is black with a small head. There is a good bit of vanilla in the nose and also lots of coffee. It has a creamy texture and feels quite heavy despite not being too terribly sweet. The taste is the pretty standard ashy old coffee for the style and it finishes w/ a light bitterness and alcohol burn. I feel guilty that I was one of the ones clamoring for these kind of brews back in the day and now I think they are pretty boring and one dimensional. Perennial is a great brewery and I am a big fan of a lot of their stuff but this one just doesn’t do it for me.